Pope Francis will be making several significant changes in the Vatican in the next few weeks
and months to bring in fresh faces with new ideas and promote others as part of his push for reform.
The pope disclosed his decisions in a rare sit-down interview with Reuters at his residence,
during which he also spoke of migration, China, freedom of the press, sexual abuse and the role
of women in the Church.
During the two-hour interview last Sunday night, Francis said he had decided that the Office of Papal
Charities, otherwise known as the pope’s almoner, will henceforth be headed by a cardinal, the highest
position in the Church after the pope himself.
The current head of that office will be promoted and his successors will have the same rank. This will
institutionalize a higher profile for the department that oversees help for the poor.
“It think there are two long arms of the pope – that of being overseer of the confidence, and there the
work is finished by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the consul must be a cardinal,” Francis said.
Other long arm of the pope
“What’s more, the other long arm of the pope is the almoner, and there must be a cardinal there. These are the two long arms of the pope – confidence and philanthropy.”
Clean Archbishop Konrad Krajewski as of now heads the workplace, whose roots return to the mid thirteenth century. He will be raise to the rank of cardinal in a service alongside 13 other Churchmen on Thursday.
The almoner’s office has not had a cardinal at its head in living memory.
Under Francis’ heading Krajewski has revived the workplace. He is frequently observe in the city of Rome in straightforward, non-administrative garments helping the destitute.
He has set up shower slows down and medicinal offices for the destitute, elderly and penniless close St. Subside’s Square and taken gatherings to the bazaar and even on private voyages through the Sistine Chapel.
BREAK WITH TRADITION
So as to squeeze his vision of a more tolerant, less bureaucratic Church, Francis has broken with the custom of consequently naming cardinals to head significant wards far and wide. Five noteworthy Italian urban areas who have dependably had cardinals are right now without them.
Francis additionally said that before the finish of the year he was thinking about rolling out improvements in the gathering of cardinal guides from around the globe known as the C-9. The gathering, which meets with him intermittently in Rome, started its work five years prior.
He said he may exploit the up and coming commemoration “to reestablish it a bit”, however that it would not be to “cut heads.”
Two of the individuals from the C-9, Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, are under a cloud for claims related the Church’s sexual mishandle outrage. Both have denied any bad behavior.
Shake things up at APSA
Francis likewise revealed to Reuters he would shake things up at APSA, a kind of general bookkeeping office that deals with the Vatican’s land property in Rome and somewhere else in Italy, pays compensations of Vatican workers, and goes about as a buying office and HR division.
He said that the current APSA head, Italian Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, had offer his abdication when he achieve the age furthest reaches of 75 in February and that it would be acknowledge in the not so distant future.
“I am examining applicants who have a demeanor of restoration, another individual after such a significant number of years,” he said. “Calcagno knows the working admirably yet maybe the mindset must be recharge.”
Francis said he was generally cheerful in regards to changes established to make once-shocking Vatican funds more straightforward. The Vatican bank, which shut several suspicious or lethargic records, “now functions admirably”, he said.
Be that as it may, he was worry that “there is no straightforwardness” in the Vatican’s land property, which are for the most part in Italy and a considerable lot of which were give throughout the years. “We need to push forward with straightforwardness, and that relies upon APSA,” he said.